First, they must take down Indiana one more time and a hostile Bankers Life Arena will try to prevent LBJ, D. Wade, and company from clinching.
Tip-off is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 pm ET at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana and can be seen on TNT.
Odds makers expect the Heat to close out the series as they’re listed as a 2.5 point betting odds favorite and the total is 184 according to Bet 365 Sportsbook.
The Pacers backs are against the wall and didn’t show much in game 5 while the Miami Heat have all of the momentum in this series. Can the Pacers avoid elimination?
Best Player on the Planet
It’s the biggest compliment that you can give a basketball player and Lebron James has earned it as he goes for his 2nd NBA title.
With Kobe Bryant aging and injured, Lebron is the man as he’s packed away his 4th NBA MVP Award. A matchup against the San Antonio Spurs would be legendary in itself. Yes, Ginobili isn’t the same player anymore and Tim Duncan is at the latter stage of his career, but the Spurs are so technically sound that they could give the Heat trouble.
First, the Heat must face the Pacers in game 6, but if you’re a Pacers fan, you can’t feel too encouraged. The Pacers were outscored 30-13 in the 3rd quarter of game 5 and that was basically the deciding factor of the game as Lebron James took over.
If You’re Indiana
You need to keep your key players out of foul trouble. George Hill needs to be in the game for the Pacers to have a chance. Hill has a steady offensive game and knows how to feed Paul George to get the maximum results out of the superstar.
Roy Hibbert must use his size as much as possible and impose it on the smaller opposition. When Hibbert is right, nobody can guard him. The TNT cast was talking about the same thing that I’ve been talking about; how Hibbert can be a part of the Georgetown center fraternity.
Hibbert’s game has become more polished. He’s worked out with former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo on how to be a force on the inside. In actuality, Hibbert has a better offensive game than Mutombo so anything that he can digest is a positive .
Hibbert has been a 20-10 man in this series and the moment that Paul George got more touches, Hibbert became less of a factor and the Pacers fell apart. Hibbert must have a monster game; he’s the only player that the Heat doesn’t have an answer for.
LBJ All Day Long
It’s quite obvious that Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen aren’t the same players that they once were. Chris Bosh is starting to be a non-factor, leaving Mario Chalmers as the Heat’s 2nd option. This isn’t an ideal offense.
James needs that Scottie Pippen-like player on his team, but he’s so great that he’s been able to win games all by himself. We’re going to continue to see Lebron James dominate the game. The only way that he can be effective is as a number 1 option and clearly everyone on the team has deferred to him or just doesn’t have the ability to put the rock in the ocean.
Look for LBJ to have a monster game in Indy. The Pacers defense is fierce, especially at home, but I think that their spirit has been broken.
Don’t expect this series to go back to South Beach. Lebron James is a shark that can smell blood. For the Pacers to be effective, everything has to be just right, for Miami to be effective, LBJ just has to have the ball in his hands. The NBA pick is Pretty simple. Miami covers the spread and moves on to the championships against Parker and Duncan.